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Basic Algebra

Basic Algebra

At a Glance - Solving Multiple Equations by Graphing

Occasionally you will be given two linear equations and asked to solve for x and y. There are numerous ways to do this, including graphing the lines, substitution, and elimination. However, in pre-algebra we will only touch on the first: solving by graphing.

Solve for x AND y:

y = 2x - 2

y = -3/2x + 5

What this question is really asking: find the (x,y) point where these lines meet.

How to Solve Systems of Equations by Graphing

Graph both lines on the same coordinate grid. Since they are both in slope-intercept form, we can do this by plotting the intercepts then using the slope to find another point.

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It is pretty clear where these lines meet, at the point (2, 2), which is our answer!

Look Out: be sure to write your answer as a point in (x, y) form.

Example 1

Solve this system of equations for x and y:

y = -8

y = -4x + 4


Example 2

Solve this system of equations for x and y:

y = 1/2x + 2

-3x + y = 2


Example 3

Solve this system of equations:

x = 5

y = -1


Exercise 1

Solve this system of equations by graphing:

y = -x + 1

x = 1/3x - 3


Exercise 2

Solve this system of equations by graphing:

y = 4

y = 2x + 1


Exercise 3

Solve this system of equations by graphing:

-3x + y = 6

x + 2y = -2


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